The Chicken Rice Shop arrives

14 May

I like Hainanese chicken. Really.  So when I read an article about a new chicken rice shop opening nearby, I just had to try it.

Together with two galpals, we sought out The Chicken Rice Shop which opened in Robinson’s Place Manila the day after I read the article.  We arrived around 630pm, just in time for dinner.  There were only a few diners present so we had our choice of seats.  The place is casual, clean and well-lit.

store signs

Btw, I have to apologize this early at the poor quality of the photos since I just used my camera phone.  Photoshop can only do some much to improve an already fuzzy picture.

Naturally, I ordered the Hainanese chicken.  They had a meal for P248 which included rice, soup, vegetables, a personal order of chicken, 2 pcs of Nyonya Pai Tee (fried roll containing chopped veggies and meat) and a drink.  I was happy to find out later they didn’t scrimp on the serving size.  I love veggies so getting a whole plateful, and not just a small side dish which I expected, was a pleasant surprise.  I hope it’s not just because they’re newly-opened. A pretty good deal, I must say.  I finished everything except for the rice only because I’ve been trying to limit my rice intake (that’s as much dieting as I can do) 😉

set meal: nyonya pai tee (foreground), veggies, hainanese chicken, plus rice, soup and drinks

Galpal #1 had the Curry Laksa (sorry, no picture) which had just the right amount of spiciness and was great with rice, even if it was just the sauce.  Galpal #2 meanwhile had the crispy noodles with chicken.  Between the two, I preferred the curry since it was tastier.

crispy noodles with chicken

We asked the waiter was was in some of the food on their menu and he gave the convenient answer that he doesn’t know since all the sauces and marinates already arrive pre-prepared.  Still, I think they should be informed so they can competetently answer customers like us who actually want to know what goes into the food we eat.

It’s been open only around three weeks when we visited and they showed the common difficulty of most newly-opened stores: slow service.  We came in when there were only a few people so our food arrived fairly quickly.  When the place became full later on, we could hear the diners near us complaining why they their food hadn’t arrived yet.  Even we weren’t spared when our bill took some twenty minutes to arrive and maybe another fifteen minutes before they gave us back the credit card slip for signature.  Good thing we weren’t in a hurry to go home or it would’ve totally spoiled an otherwise good dining experience (the long bill only partially spoiled it).

I hope they’ll be able to retain the good quality of their food and serving sizes even when they become more established.  Some stores decrease their serving size or the food doesn’t taste as good as they originally did.  Good luck Chicken Rice Shop, I’ll see you again 🙂

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Kaos and Old Penang: i ♥

14 May

When my brother was about to leave for Vietnam, I wanted to treat him and the family before he left.  So off we went to Resorts World to watch Kaos, the “Las Vegas meets Broadway” show which a friend highly recommended. And man, this was one show I enjoyed immensely!  The fantastic costumes, features and stunts were a sight to behold!

Early in the show, the acrobats from China swinging to the tune of Where is Love made me teary-eyed, beautiful as the scene was.  I think that was my favorite, simply because of how beautiful and delicate it was.   I didn’t want it to end.

The Human Time Machine was one of my mom’s favorites.  How this duo ran, hopped and skipped even blindfolded while balancing on this contraption also amazed me and made me grip my armrest every now and then.

My friend raved about the bare-chested duo, who she said she could watch exclusively, even if she missed the whole show.  That duo from Belarus definitely had amazing balance and flexibility.  How one guy managed to balance the other guy upside down, just using their shoulders and neck WITHOUT the use of their hands was truly spectacular.  And yes, their abs were wonderfully sculpted.  Naturally.  There was no shortage of bromance here 😉

The finale, of course was the sphere where motorcyclists would enter one after the other, with the audience gasping each time a cyclist would be added to the sphere.  It brought out the child in my senior citizen mom 🙂

The show boasts of lions and tigers.  But really, these animals were overrated.  They didn’t do anything special.  They just appeared in the cage and ate a piece of meat.  So much for being wowed by the wildlife.

After a fantastic show, we moved on to Old Penang, suggested by my brother.  He’s never tried it but wanted to since I think he was after some Malaysian/Singaporean fare.

Upon seeing Hainanese Chicken on the menu, I was done.  I just added an order or Char Kway Teo while my brother had some Nasi Lemak and Teh Tarik which he loved, loved, loved.

some Hainanese Chicken loving

Char Kway Teo

Nasi Lemak

I looooved how juicy, tasty and plump their chicken was.  The noodles were good too, but I was too busy enjoying the chicken.  Their food tasted authentic compared to other restaurants.  I love discovering restaurants serving great food that I really, really like.  A fantastic end to an already fantastic day 🙂

Photo credits: spot.ph, our awesome planet

Bacci no more

22 Apr

After not seeing each other for almost a year, my Nihongo classmates and I met up for dinner at Bacci, the Italian Restaurant along Paseo de Roxas in Makati. It was 7pm and I was famished! Since my friend recommended the place, I assumed it must be good.

Missy & I were the first to arrive and ordered soup. I wanted onion soup only to be told about two minutes later that out of the six or seven soups on the menu, only three were available, and that didn’t include my onion soup.  So I chose the mushroom soup instead.  The deal was, when my friend, who arrived later, ordered onion soup, it was suddenly available! WTF? When I asked why I was told earlier it wasn’t available, the waiter mumbled something unintelligible. Go figure.

Mushroom soup...so so

I was glad to have ordered soup because by the time the main dishes arrived, I was hungry again. Do NOT come here when you are hungry and intend to be served quickly. It also took AGES before the food arrived, and the place was far from being full.  Their complimentary bread (with some forgettable dip) offered little respite since there were about seven of us and only five slices of bread.

complimentary bread with some forgettable dip

chicken with the blank pasta

I ordered some chicken dish served with “pasta blanco”. Yep, turns out pretty blank.  E.g. what’s good about this dish? -blank-

My friend said they frequent this place since it was affordable and the food was decent.  I didn’t bother asking what they usually ordered since I had no plans of returning.

Spent a lot for a dinner I did not particularly enjoy which also left me still feeling hungry.   I think the not-in-stock-but-turns-out-is-available-onion soup and the long serving time spoiled it for me early on that evening.  One thing’s for sure – sayonara Bacci.  I’m not coming back.

Variety at Bistro Laudico

21 Mar

It was a month in the making and did not disappoint: lunch at Bistro Laudico at the Fort.

My friend Beth suggested the restaurant to us after enjoying it about a month ago.  I’m glad she did.  The buffet was definitely worth your money.  At P860 per head (P788+10% service charge), you had a pageful of dishes to choose from,  to eat to your heart’s content.  But lest you get too greedy, you’ll have to pay P100 PER DISH just in case you plan to have any leftovers.

The bad: salads were unavailable and I wasn’t able to try all the dishes on the menu.

The good: with 5 people in our group, I was able to try a lot of them.  Alright!

Here are some pics to make your mouth water 🙂

Appetizer: Angus Tapa Wrap

Appetizer: Pork Sisig Shooters

Tastes like your regular sisig, but I loved the presentation!

Appetizer: Ubod Lumpia Cone

 

Taba ng Talangka Pizza

Among all the pizzas, I liked this best. The kesong puti pizza was a tad too salty for my taste.

Main course: Wagyu Estofado

The just-right-sweetness of the sauce and the tenderness of the beef made this dish my favorite of the day.

From the Grill: Salmon Fillet

I loved this! It may not look like much but the mashed sweet potato goes well with the salmon which was cooked just right.

Dessert: Suman Panna Cotta Savarin

Since I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (sue me!) I really liked their panna cotta. Btw, this is not their usual size. This is their birthday treat for one of my friends.  The halohalo shertbet was also a winner.

the full buffet menu

I love how Chef Laudico gives puts puts Filipino food to a higher level with his creativity not only in taste, but also presentation. I MUST go back and try all the other dishes! Join me? 🙂  You can contact them at:

Telephone: +632 856-0634/0541
Mobile: +63 9178002433
Website: Bistro Filipino

I am the Empress

14 Mar

I was surfing the net (when I should’ve been studying) and came across someone’s blog post about what her tarot card was. That led me to this site.

Now I’m not very familiar with the tarot and its uses.  Some have negative things to say about it, but I’ve also heard otherwise.  Anyway, since I don’t have anything against it really (it’s amoral, imho), curiosity got the better of me.  I took the short quiz and this is what my tarot card was supposed to be:

You are the Empress

Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.

The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents, beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

I remember, in 2006, my friend invited two people to come by the office to have her fortune told. One was a numerologist and another was a tarot reader.  Since she didn’t want to go through the experience alone, she convinced me to go through it too.

I took whatever I was told with a grain of salt.  And the session didn’t reveal anything memorable, as far as I can remember.  But I do remember that in that reading, the center card which supposedly symbolizes me showed:  The Empress.  That was five years ago.  Should I be surprised with the consistency?

Quote(s) for the Day – March 8 2011

8 Mar

So I realized I haven’t made an entry for 2011 yet (and it’s already MARCH!!!).  Here are some inspiring quotes from Cozycot’s 100 Inspiring Women:

“…the good parts of life would be the strength to push you on in this harsh and cruel world. ”  – Peggy Heng, Entrepreneur/Blogger

“Don’t waste time being angry. No one can make you angry if you don’t want to be. One day spent angry, is one day you have chosen to waste. And you don’t know exactly how many hours or days you have left.” –  Janice Poh, Project Manager, Let There Be Light

I want to inspire women to step out and break out of the moulds they may be in and never let anyone pigeonhole them. I would like to encourage women out there to ‘dare to be different’ and take the path less travelled. No risks, no rewards.” – Estee Teo, Sales & Marketing Manager

I love what I do and I strongly believe that one should. I go to work to play.”  -Andrea Claire, Celebrity Hairstylist & Makeup Artist

“Real experiences of successes and failures while dealing with fear, anxiety and insecurity may occur at any point of our lives, but as long as there is a dream, a staunch belief, keep going and be willing to trial and error. Impossible is nothing.” – Ho Qing Yan Melissa Jane, Entrepreneur

So I’m trying to start a gratitude journal…

16 Oct

Last month, a recent acquaintance, Debbie, told me she was able to get over her depression by starting a gratitude journal and meditating.  I’m not sure about meditating since I heard it’s not as easy as people think.  So I told her I’d probably give the gratitude journal a try.

I first heard this from Oprah years back and she even said she found out that most of the things she found herself grateful for was for the FOOD she’d eat 😀 (I agree!!!).   I can’t remember now if I got the ‘list at least five things you’re grateful for, for each day’ from Oprah or from Debbie…

Anyway, I initially intended to keep a gratitude journal for a month and see if it’s something I can actually stick to.  I also wanted to post it daily on this blog but wasn’t able to access the internet daily so I wrote it on my phone instead.  Thank God for mobile phones with Word application.   Hey, another thing to add to my gratitude journal!

And just to bore you push myself to complete what I started, I am posting my gratitude journal for the first 15 days of October:

Oct 15 Friday
Today, I thank God for…
1. a funny blog I just discovered: Mykoreanboyfriend.wordpress.com
2. having plans for the weekend
3. receiving confirmation for our flights and cash advance. Our trip’s a go!!!
4. Ma’s roast chicken for lunch
5. being picked up right at my bldg and not having to walk all the way to the parking lot. (Thanks Kaye!)

Oct 14 Thursday

Today, I thank God for…
1. Toxic Glee version on early morning radio. Yeah!
2. Delamar’s bday
3. light traffic on the way to work. Great start to a long day.
4. all Chile miners being rescued
5. a free massage

Oct 13 Wednesday
1. Sunshine!
2. Finally finishing my monitoring report
3. Easy morning ride
4. getting help fr Operations
5. Getting quick feedback on hotel inquiries
6. Finding out a J-pop song title & artist I’ve been loving. Okaeri by Ayaka.

 

I will see you next month...

 

Oct 12 Tuesday
Today, I thank God for…
1. finally sending out a working itinerary for our Vietnam-Cambodia trip. Yey!
2. siopao
3. peace and quiet in my solo-but-too-big-for-me ofc
4. Anytime by Yuna Ito
5. working at my own, unhurried pace

Oct 11 Monday
Today, I thank God for…
1. attending a mtg in my boss’s behalf and marveling at the intelligence of two company presidents
2. one big shawarma
3. catching up with Thryza
4. being told my service was borderline ecstatic. Alright!
5. quick nap upon getting home

Oct 10 Sunday
Today, I thank God for…
1. laaaaazy sunday. Recharge!!!
2. leftover of sepie’s pokipoki
3. good movies: Freaky friday (I never tire of watching this. Chad Michael Murray was such a cutie) and Up
4. healthy healthy dinner: a huge salad
5. early morning kulitan on FB
6. pinning cities I’ve been to on Tripadvisor. More to come! 🙂

 

love those eyes...

 

Oct 9 Saturday
Today, I thank God for…
1. ice cream and choco crinkles – ever a great combination
2. good movie: Facing the giants
3. a dinner and movie feast with good friends
4. meaningful sharing
5. having a good laugh

Oct 8 Friday
Today, I thank God for…
1. finally trying out Big Better Burgers Shitake Teriyaki Burger WINNER!!!and treating my driver
2. an attentive audience
3. seeing someone with smart, beautiful, brown eyes and a great smile
4. finishing earlier than expected
5. No Friday meeting

 

I finally got to play this

 

Oct 7 Thursday
Today, I thank God for…
1. Daryl and Gerard who made the graveyard shift more bearable
2. finally Playing plants vs Zombies…and being given a copy
3. having a jacket for the freezer, I mean, that cold, cold room
4. my driver Ernie
5. treating Jhoany before she leaves the company
6. Dad taking my car out of the garage. Awww.

Oct 6 Wednesday
Today, I thank God for…
1. being productive
2. a chatty cab driver who I learned a lot from in a span of 30 minutes
3. girl friends
4. being single and not having a psycho boyfriend who would behead me
5. finally conducting training for a new prod

Oct 5 Tuesday
Spent the day on sick leave so I didn’t think there was much to be thankful dor. Still, today I thank God for…
1. giving me a best friend who is celebrating her bday today
2. just feeling dizzy and nauseous. Hey, it could’ve been worse.
3. home made pizza and salad
4. enjoying a good laugh with ma
5. knowing my mom cares so, so much about my health
6. a dinner invite fr a friend (which I had to turn down though. am sick)

Oct 4 Monday
Today I thank God for…
1. a good nap on the way to work
2. productive meetings
3. mcdonald’s
4. catching up with a good friend on the way home
5. having a (more or less) final sked for my biz trips. (Can we finally set our flights???)
6. being recognized by an old MBA  classmate (SJ)
7. the fact that my parents are still (relatively) healthy

Oct 3 Sunday
Today, I thank God for…
1. waking up at noon and not leaving my room till 2pm
2. John Tucker Must Die on cable (not much on depth but hey, i found it entertaining…)
3. spicy Spanish sardines for dinner
4. entertaining ma with Xyrene’s charming video
5. finally starting my research for my November trip

 

So ours didn't look like this, but it was great still

 

Oct 2 Saturday
Today, I thank God for…
1. fast Internet access which allowed me to post pics on FB and Multiply
2. having friends to invite to watch a play in 3 weeks.
3. pizza and banana split (wattacombination!!!) with the Amansecs and Eilleen
4. Sisblog101, the new team blog is up! And my essay’s there! 🙂
5. hanging out with childhood friends and their cutie kids.

Oct 1 Friday
Today, I thank God for…
1. being skilled and smart enough to accomplish a lot at work.
2. the yummy spinach & mushroom pizza and ziti @ Sbarro’s
3. the free ride with Kaye and her mom
4. easily getting a ride this morning
5. telling Kaye about my ‘Angel’s breath’ moment in high school and laughing till we cried.